About Flyback Transformer

This blog used to be called “macbuntu” for a year and a half, and below is the original greeting:

“Welcome to macbuntu! I’m fascinated by multiple layers of meaning, and the name “macbuntu” reflects two. This site brings together two great passions in my life; one old (the Macintosh, which I’ve been using personally and professionally for over 12 years), and one new (Ubuntu Linux, with which I’ve only recently started experimenting).

While I have a lot of Macintosh experience, I’m a Linux newbie at best. Since I’m essentially embarking upon a journey into new and unfamiliar territory, I thought that I would create this blog to record my experiences. I hope that the things I learn about Ubuntu Linux on the Macintosh might prove useful to others in a similar situation.”

On September 22, 2007, I changed the blog title to “Flyback Transformer”, with the tagline “Adventures in Geek (formerly Adventures in Ubuntu Linux on the Macintosh)”. A number of burning questions arise:
Q. What is a flyback transformer?

A. Also called the line output transformer, the flyback transformer is used in the power supply of a Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) to generate the high voltage needed to power a CRT (definition from Wikipedia).

Q. Why “Flyback Transformer”

A. Because if ever I started a band, I always said that I’d call it “Flyback Transformer”. Since I’m never going to start a band, this is the next best thing. Your old school picture tube TV has a flyback transformer, as do CRT computer displays. Newer flat screen TV’s and LCD displays do not. Since I have the occasional hankering to mess around with older technology, I thought it would be a cool name for this blog.


9 thoughts on “About Flyback Transformer

  1. I am excited to find your blog. I, like you, have been a Mac user since the graphite, and currently have a new incarnation of that, as well as a G4 powerbook and an extremely souped up dual drive macbook.

    The reason I landed here, is that I have been looking for alternatives to the standard mac or pc lab at our elementary school. We ended up deciding that we wanted to put in a thin client linux based environment. Since there is over 50K earmarked for the lab, this did not seem like a problem, especially since the cost for this was going to be under 20K.

    Well, the people at the palace (school district) have taken a dislike to the plan (probably because they did not think of it) and have been stalling us so that now we still have the old, yes, G3’s from 1998, lab, which does not work due to well, partially it’s age. We may be denied access to our money, unless we spend a whole lot more and see things their way.

    So, once again I am looking for alternatives. I can see that you run Ubuntu on a G3, and we are interested in running edubuntu, the educational version. What I would really like is to find someone who can tell me how to strip these machines so that they can be turned into thin clients. Have you run across anyone like that at all? And do you have any contact with educators ? I am just trying to gather as much information as fast as I can, so that when we have our tech meeting, hopefully early next week, we will not feel forced to say uncle.

    Can you help?

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